Daniel P. O'Connor, PhD
Associate Professor, Measurement & Evaluation
University of Houston
3855 Holman St, Garrison Rm 104
Houston, TX 77204-6015
Paid Research Assistantships are available to work with Dr. O'Connor.*
· I am currently the principal investigator of a four-year CDC demonstration project evaluating outcomes of a national, multisite childhood obesity project.
· I am also an investigator for research projects funded by NIH, NASA, NIDRR, and the Joe W. King Orthopedic Institute.
· My students are actively involved in these projects, interacting with a wide variety of investigators from the University of Houston and many institutions across the United States.
· The graduate application and more about the HHP graduate programs can be found at http://hhp.uh.edu/grad/.
*Students whom I advise have priority, but other HHP graduate students are eligible.
Research Focus and Interests
· Methodology: Evaluating and explaining individual variation in health outcomes and health-related quality of life.
· Evaluating the effectiveness of health-related interventions, particularly clinical interventions.
· Contextual effects: how characteristics of the person, social and physical environments, and systems interact to affect health.
· Applying statistical models to health data, including generalized, multilevel, longitudinal, and latent variable models.
· Obesity, child obesity, physical activity, exercise, orthopedic surgery, health and wellness, quality of life.
What I do, described in "Up-Goer Five" terms:
I study why different people respond in different ways to things that happen in their lives, so I can understand how to help people become or stay well. To do this, I mostly study how to help people who are too heavy become more fit, and how doctors can help people who have been hurt.
Active Externally Funded Research
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
· Principal Investigator: Best Evaluation Tools and Techniques for Effective Recommedations for Policies (BETTER Policies): ACA Childhood Obesity Research Demonstration – Evaluation Center (Component B), October 2011 - September 2015.
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
· Co-Investigator: Training Interventions and Genetic Exercise Response (TIGER) study (NIDDK), June 2010 - May 2014. (Principal Investigator Molly Bray)
· Co-Investigator: Air Barrier System to Reduce Contamination of Wounds During Surgery (NIGMS), August 2011 - July 2014. (Principal Investigator Sean Self)
National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA)
· Co-Investigator: The Effects of Long-Term Exposure to Microgravity on Salivary Markers of Innate Immunity, October 2011 - September 2014. (Principal Investigator Richard Simpson)
National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitaion Research (U.S. Department of Education)
· Co-Investigator: Development of a Virtual Reality Weight Management Intervention for Mobility Impaired Women. November 2012 to October 2015. (Principal Investigator Margaret Nosek)
Joe W. King Orthopedic Institute
· Principal Investigator: Clinical and Translational Methods and Outcomes in Orthopedic Surgery, December 2008 - November 2011; renewed December 2011 - November 2014.
PEP 6305 – Measurement in Health and Exercise Science
PEP 7397 – Applied Statistical Modeling in Health Research
PEP 8306 – Principles of Scientific Inquiry
PEP 8304 – Doctoral Seminar
PEP 8323 – Proposal Writing for the Health Professions